Tennessee State Library and Archives

Online Resources

Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring...

Tennessee Electronic Library

Free access to over 400,000 magazines, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, primary source materials, and more!

Search this online directory of public libraries and services in Tennessee by county, region, or city.

Tennessee Supreme Court Cases represent the period from about 1809 to 1950 and is an especially valuable resource for historical and genealogical...

A partial index to the hundreds of thousands of photographs and images held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The TeVA (Tennessee Virtual Archive) is a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. New materials are added every day, featuring prints...

Highlighted Programs

On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our...

TSLA staff

We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in the classroom! The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a great resource for...

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), the Tennessee State Library & Archives will send a team of professional...

Library & Archives Videos

Jinx Watson is an expert in children’s story time. Watson is a retired associate professor with the School of Information Sciences at the...

This video, produced by the Tennessee Secretary of State's office, highlights a new story time program from the Tennessee Library for...

May 6, 2017 - Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the...

July 22, 2017 - In January 1952, Brock left behind his Van Buren County home to undergo rigorous combat engineer training. He was then assigned to...

Lausanne Collegiate School students accept second place medals at Tennessee History Day 2018
Tennessee History Day Winners Advance to National History Day
Sixty-two students will represent Tennessee at the National History Day competition this summer. The students are advancing after placing first or second in various categories at Tennessee History Day Saturday, April 7. Participants entered documentaries, exhibits, performances, websites and papers all based on this year’s theme, “Conflict and Compromise in History.” Out of 162 submitted projects, 92 students received medals for their efforts, 15 students were awarded special prizes and two educators were recognized as educators of the year.
Tennessee Historical Society Tennessee History Day logo
Hundreds of Students to Compete in Tennessee History Day Contest
Nearly 300 students from across Tennessee will compete in the annual Tennessee History Day state contest in downtown Nashville Saturday. The competition allows students to showcase their creativity and research skills by developing projects with historical themes. The students with the best-judged projects in the statewide competition will advance to the National History Day finals in College Park, Maryland, June 10 through June 14 with top finishers earning prestigious awards and scholarships.
Woman helps child read braille
Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Gets New Name
The Tennessee Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is now the Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and Media. The name change became official March 9. The library often leads the nation in how it reaches patrons who sometimes need more specialized service than their local library is able to provide.
Open door and bars of a jail cell
"Locked Up" Workshop Explores Tracing Ancestors in Prisons and Asylums
Following the trail of an ancestor in trouble with the law or plagued with mental illness is often difficult. On April 14, the Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free workshop entitled “Locked Up: Finding Ancestors in Prisons and Asylums.”

About TSLA

The Tennessee State Library and Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, and promotes library and archival development throughout the state.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2764
reference.tsla@tn.gov